What happens if China becomes top dog? Does it progressively crush democracies with an unbeatable army?
Did China have any infrastructure in place to begin with here? Until fairly recently it was a developing country and it for some bizarre reason still has status as one. When their infrastructure plans are done, where do you think they will focus their attention next? Their military.
The Soviet economy was so decrepit as it was due to communism that in the end the entire scheme just folded in on itself. China has a very effective market economy it can command to do whatever the party wants.
Point of being the big guy, especially globally is to be so ridiculously big no one will ever consider attacking you.
I don't think so, but with the largest economy and if their army could beat NATO they will set the stage for world politics, drawing the world further in an authoritarian direction. And as we know their political system leaves a lot to be desired. For many countries in the third world the chinese model seems very attractive as well, something that is a grave concern.
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